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ANTYAJAA: Indian Journal of Women and Social Change

ANTYAJAA: Indian Journal of Women and Social Change

Ruchira Gupta Founder, Apne Aap Women Worldwide and Professor at New York University, USA

eISSN: 24563722 | ISSN: 24556327 | Current volume: 1 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-annually

Call for Papers

ANTYAJAA: Indian journal of Women and Social Change
aims to explore inequality and social change from the point of view of the most marginalized female who experiences poverty, race, ethnicity, religion, caste - all within the overarching experience of gender. After all, gender is the first inequality we experience and it normalizes all other inequalities for us. We first see at home that it is all right for one class of human beings to obey and another to order. Gender digs a trench into our brain into which all other inequalities fall.

The journal will go beyond the subaltern (a useful tool in interpreting colonialism) to the Antyajaa, to interpret the roots of global patriarchal imperialism. It aims to publish well-researched articles, interviews, oral histories and essays that draw forth the plight of the last female, who is weaker than even the weakest of men in varying socio-cultural contexts. It will capture women’s movements across the globe, the experience of intertwining inequalities and give voice to women leaders, survivors and victims transforming power.

ANTYAJAA: Indian journal of Women and Social Change will adhere to a rigorous double-blind review policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. Decisions on manuscript will be taken as rapidly as possible. Authors would expect to have reviewer’s comments within approximately eight weeks. In general, Editors will seek advice from two or more expert reviewers about the content and presentation of submitted articles. All manuscripts will be reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers that meet the editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review.

The sections of the journal include:

· Eight well researched scholarly articles (3,000 – 4,000 words each)

· Two well researched commentaries on culture through an analysis of writings, films, etc. (2,000 – 4,000 words each)

· One first person account/interview (3,000 – 4,000 words)

· A profile or personal history (3,000 – 4,000 words)

· A photo-essay with 10 – 12 photographs, with captions and an introduction

Antyaja'a, meaning The Last Girl, is an especially coined word by the founders of this journal, derived from Indian languages and post-colonial, de-colonial sensibilities. It draws its understanding of the ‘Last’ from Ambedkar's concept of liberating the Antyaj or The Last Born, John Ruskin’s Unto the Last, and MK Gandhi’s Antyodaya (taken from the words 'Antya' and 'Uday') to mean the rise of those who are the Last. The feminizing `A`a in the end has been added by the editor, inspired by the ferocious sexual goddess Durg`a and rebel poet Mir`a .

The journal aims to explore inequality and social change from the point of view of the most marginalized female who experiences poverty, race, ethnicity, religion, caste - all within the overarching experience of gender. It aims to publish well-researched articles, interviews, oral histories and essays that draw forth the plight of the last female, who is weaker than even the weakest of men in varying socio-cultural contexts. It will capture women’s movements across the globe, the experience of intertwining inequalities and give voice to women leaders, survivors and victims transforming power.

It is a first-of- its-kind initiative where activism will meet academics; and Editors expect to draw contributions from social and political movement leaders, activists and almost all the Liberal Arts: literature, history, political science, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, development studies as well as law, gender studies and social work practitioners.


Associate Editor
Juanita Kakoty Deputy Director, Apne Aap Women Worldwide, India
Editorial Board
Bina Agarwal Professor, Development Economics and Environment, University of Manchester, UK
Shaibal Gupta Founder Member-Secretary, Asian Development Research Institute, Patna, India
Zoya Hasan Professor Emerita, Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Distinguished Professor, Council for Social Development, New Delhi, India
Ritu Menon Co-founder of Kali for Women and Feminist, Writer & Publisher, Women Unlimited (an associate of KFW), India
Meena Radhakrishna Sociologist and former faculty, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, India
Om Thanvi Former Editor, Daily Jansatta; Visiting Professor, Centre for Media Studies, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Ananya Vajpeyi Author and Academic, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, India
Advisory Board
Margaret Chatterjee Gandhian Scholar and Philosopher
Angana P Chatterji Feminist, Anthropologist and Author
Pregaluxmi (Pregs) Govender Former African National Congress Member of Parliament from South Africa, South Africa
Catharine A MacKinnon Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law, University of Michigan; James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, USA
Ruth Manorama President, National Alliance of Women and National Convenor, NFDW, India
Gloria Steinem Co-founder Ms. magazine, writer, feminist organizer

Submission Guidelines for Antyajaa: Indian journal of Women and Social Change

1. Manuscripts and all editorial correspondence should be addressed to: Ruchira Gupta,

2. Articles accepted for publication in this journal should be written in MS Word, Times New Roman font, and should be electronically submitted. Manuscripts should normally not exceed 6,000 words and should be sub­mitted with the cover page bearing only the title of the article, author/s’ names, designations, official addresses, phone/fax numbers, and email addresses. If there are two or more authors, then the corresponding author’s name and address details must be specified clearly. Author/s’ name should not appear on any other page.

3. Authors will be provided with a copyright form once the contribution is accepted for publication. The submission will be considered as final only after the filled-in and signed copyright form is received.

4. All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 150–200 words and 4–6 keywords.

5. Use British spellings in all cases rather than American spellings (hence, ‘programme’ not ‘program’, ‘labour’ not ‘labor’, and ‘centre’ and not ‘center’).

6. Use ‘z’ spellings instead of ‘s’ spellings. This means that words ending with ‘-ise’, ‘isation’, etc., will be spelt with ‘z’ (e.g., ‘recognize’, ‘organ­ize’, ‘civilize’).

7. Use single quotes throughout. Double quotes only to be used within single quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text and indented with one space with a line space above and below. Notes should be numbered serially and presented at the end of the article. Notes must contain more than a mere reference.

8. Use ‘twentieth century’, ‘1980s’. Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements, use only figures (3 km, 9 per cent, not %). Use thousands and millions, not lakhs and crores.

9. Use of italics and diacriticals should be minimized, but used consistently.

10. Tables and figures to be indicated by numbers separately (see Table 1), not by placement (see Table below). Present each table and figure on a sepa­rate sheet of paper, gathering them together at the end of the article. All Figures and Tables should be cited in the text, and provided in editable format. Caption and source details for figures and tables should be mentioned irrespective of whether or not they require permissions.

11. All photographs and scanned images should have a resolution of minimum 300 dpi and 1500 pixels and their format should be TIFF or JPEG. All photographs and scanned images should be in black and white, including the photo essay. Due permissions should be taken for copyright protected photographs/images. Even for photographs/images available in the public domain, it should be clearly ascertained whether or not their reproduction requires permission for purposes of publishing (which is a profit-making endeavor).

12. A consolidated listing of all books, articles, essays, theses and documents referred to (including any referred to in the tables, graphs and maps) should be provided at the end of the article.

o Arrangement of references: Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work. In each reference, authors’ names are inverted (last name first) for all authors (first, second or subsequent ones); give the last name and initials for all authors of a particular work unless the work has more than six authors. If the work has more than six authors, list the first six authors and then use et al. after the sixth author’s name.

o Chronological listing: If more than one work by the same author(s) is cited, they should be listed in order by the year of publication, starting with the earliest.

o Sentence case: In references, sentence case (only the first word and any proper noun are capitalized – e.g., ‘The software industry in India’) is to be followed for the titles of papers, books, articles, etc.

o Title case: In references, Journal titles are put in title case (first letter of all words except articles and conjunctions are capitalized – e.g., Journal of Business Ethics).

o Italicize: Book and Journal titles are to be italicized.

o Citations and References should adhere to the guidelines below (based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition). Some examples are given below:

In-text citations:

o One work by one author: (Kessler, 2003, p. 50) or ‘Kessler (2003) found that among the epidemiological samples..’.

o One work by two authors: (Joreskog & Sorborn, 2007, pp. 50–66) or Joreskog and Sorborn (2007) found that..

o One work by three or more authors: (Basu, Banerji & Chatterjee, 2007) [first instance]; Basu et al. (2007) [Second instance onwards].

o Groups or organizations or universities: (University of Pittsburgh, 2007) or

University of Pittsburgh (2007).

o Authors with same surname: Include the initials in all the in-text citations even if the year of publication differs, e.g., (I. Light, 2006; M.A. Light, 2008).

o Works with no identified author or anonymous author: Cite the first few words of the reference entry (title) and then the year, e.g., (‘Study finds’, 2007); (Anonymous, 1998).

If abbreviations are provided, then the style to be followed is: (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], 2003) in the first citation and (NIMH, 2003) in subsequent citations.

o Two or more works by same author: (Gogel, 1990, 2006, in press)

o Two or more works with different authors: (Gogel, 1996; Miller, 1999)

o Secondary sources: Allport's diary (as cited in Nicholson, 2003).

o Films: (Name of the Director, Year of release)


o Books:

Patnaik, Utsa (2007). The republic of hunger. New Delhi: Three Essays Collective.

o Edited Books:

Amanor, Kojo S., & Moyo, S. (Eds) (2008). Land and sustainable development in

Africa. London and New York: Zed Books.

o Translated books:

Amin, S. (1976). Unequal development (trans. B. Pearce). London and New York:

Monthly Review Press.

o Book chapters:

Chachra, S. (2011). The national question in India. In S. Moyo and P. Yeros (Eds),

Reclaiming the nation (pp. 67–78). London and New York: Pluto Press.

o Journal articles:

Foster, J.B. (2010). The financialization of accumulation. Monthly Review, 62(5),

1-17. doi: 10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225 [DOI number optional]

o Newsletter article, no author:

Six sites meet for comprehensive anti-gang intiative conference. (2006, November/December). OOJDP News @ a Glance. Retrieved from

[Please do not place a period at the end of an online reference.]

o Newspaper article:

Schwartz, J. (1993, September 30). Obesity affects economic, social status. The

Washington Post, pp. A1, A4.

o In-press article:

Briscoe, R. (in press). Egocentric spatial representation in action and perception. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. Retrieved from

o Non-English reference book, title translated into English:

Real Academia Espanola. (2001). Diccionario de la lengua espanola [Dictionary of the Spanish Language] (22nd ed.). Madrid, Spain: Author.

o Special issue or section in a journal:

Haney, C., & Wiener, R.L. (Eds) (2004). Capital punishment in the United States [Special Issue]. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 10(4), 1-17.

13. Book reviews must have details like name of author/editor and book reviewed, place of publication and publisher, year of publication, number of pages and price.

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